Dr Jim Abrahams, with more than 20 years experience, is a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME) with Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). Come see Dr Abrahams at the beautiful Medical On Miami for your annual Aviation Medical.
Why is an aviation medical certificate required?
The health of air crew and air traffic controllers (ATCs) is an important consideration and all pilots and ATCs must meet certain medical standards to ensure that their health status does not pose a risk to the safety of air navigation.
To maintain and enhance aviation safety, a valid medical certificate appropriate for the class of licence is required.
The Aviation Medicine Branch of CASA issues aviation medical certificates to applicants who meet the relevant medical standard.
Designated Aviation Medical Practitioners (DAMEs) are practitioners approved to perform medical examinations to meet the provisions of the Civil Aviation Act 1988.
Class 1 Medical Certificate
Class 1 medical certificate standard applies to holders of an Air Transport Pilot Licence, Commercial Pilot Licence (other than balloons), Multi-crew Pilot (aeroplane) Licence, Flight Engineer Licence or Student Flight Engineer Licence.
Unless otherwise advised by the Aviation Medicine Section, a Class 1 medical certificate is valid for one year.
Class 2 Medical Certificate
Class 2 medical standard applies to holders of a Recreational Pilot Licence, Private Pilot Licence and a Commercial Pilot (Balloon) Licence.
A minimum of a Class 2 medical certificate is also required by a student pilot before they can fly solo.
Unless otherwise advised by the Aviation Medicine Section, a Class 2 medical certificate is valid for four years for applicants less than 40 years of age on the day of the medical examination or two years for those aged over 40 years.